Washington Cucurto

Ignacio Aguilo (University of Manchester)
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Cucurto was born Santiago Vega in a working-class family in Quilmes, in Greater Buenos Aires, in 1973. He started his literary career as a poet, and was often associated with the generation of young writers who, through their different – and sometimes opposite – interpretations of American Objectivism and neo-baroque formulations, transformed Argentine poetry in the second half of the 1990s (a movement known as

Poesía argentina de los noventa

). He has stated that his penname Cucurto is the result of his poet friends mocking his stuttering while saying “yo curto” (roughly translated as “I do/like”). In 1998 he won, with his book

Zelarayán

, the “Second Spanish-American Contest”, organised by the prestigious Argentine poetry journal

Diario de poesía.

The award brought…

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Citation: Aguilo, Ignacio. "Washington Cucurto". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13474, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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